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Below are the M3AAWG published materials related to our messaging anti-abuse work. There is also a Messaging video playlist on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/maawg and there are a few selected videos on our website in the Training Videos and Keynotes Videos sections under the Meetings menu tab.

Best Practices

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February 28, 2018

M3AAWG Help – I’m On A Blocklist, version 1.0.1

Nearly all email systems, including those of Email Sender Providers and network operators, at some point have delivery issues because their sending IPs or domains are on a blocklist. This document shares established procedures defining how to triage and respond to a blocklisting to assist in a timely and effective resolution.  Version 1.0.1 was updated in February 2018.

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January 31, 2018

M3AAWG Recommendations for Preserving Investments in New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

Over a thousand new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) have been, or are in, the process of being created under ICANN’s new gTLD program.  This paper is written for current Registry operators and for companies interested in applying for new gTLDs, and outlines the risks and some relatively simple recommendations that can help correct these problems.

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December 30, 2017

M3AAWG Recommendations for Senders Handling of Complaints

Email abuse rates can significantly affect a sender’s reputation and, consequently, its ability to deliver customers’ emails to the inbox. This paper explains some of the common processes senders can use to effectively manage and monitor email complaints and to help their customers, who are the list owners, develop healthy email practices that generate better results.
of email lists.

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November 03, 2017

M3AAWG Recommendation on Web Form Signup Attacks

Many list web forms provoke an email confirmation to the subscriber's email address provided in the form but malicious entities are now using this feature to do bulk form submissions with forged addresses that flood the subscriber’s inbox. M3AAWG members collaborated across the industry to propose a header as an initial step that hosting and sending companies can implement to help protect against these attacks. The header allows receivers to identify floods of mail coming from sign-up forms that are bombarding victim mailboxes.

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August 30, 2017

M3AAWG Best Practices for Managing SPF Records

This document covers best practices on how to properly construct and maintain an SPF record, common errors and some unintended consequences.  It is targeted at those with a basic understanding of the purpose and usage of SPF.

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Public Policy Comments

December 01, 2013

M3AAWG Comments on ICANN Misuse Report

Submitted to ICANN in December 2013 in response to ICANN's misuse survey.

August 12, 2013

M3AAWG Comments on ICANN EWG Initial Report

Submitted to ICANN in August 2013 in response to ICANN's Expert Working Group report.

July 31, 2013

M3AAWG Response to CWG-Internet Request for Online Consultation-Combatting Spam

Submitted to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet–Related Public Policy Issues (CWG–Internet) in July 2013
In response to a request for comments on effectively countering and combatting spam.

July 01, 2013

M3AAWG Comments on Thick Whois Initial Report

Submitted to ICANN in July 2013
Comments on this report can also be viewed on the ICANN site at http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-thick-whois-initial-21jun13/

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M3AAWG Reports

DM3Z Blog

Updates and Commentary from the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group

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News

Articles About M3AAWG

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November 13, 2017

Hackers Shut Down ProPublica’s Email For a Day. Here’s How to Stop Attacks Like That.

ProPublica's Julia Angwin augments her earlier "list bomb" article with information on what can be done to prevent these attacks. 

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November 09, 2017

How Journalists Fought Back Against Crippling Email Bombs

https://www.wired.com/story/how-journalists-fought-back-against-cripplin...

Wired Magazine published ProPublica's journalist Julia Angwin account of how she and colleages were "list bombed" and talks about the growing problem, including a preventive strategy developed by M3AAWG.
 

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January 06, 2017

ICO's blog on its international work (M3AAWG and UCENet)

Representatives of the United Kingdom's independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest report on their work with members of UCENet at a four day event hosted by the Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) in Paris.

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September 30, 2016

Time To Talk Digital Issues At WTO With Focus On Developing Countries, Forum Hears

https://www.ip-watch.org/2016/09/30/time-to-talk-digital-issues-at-wto-w...

. . . dealt with by internet governance organisations such as ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the UN-backed Internet Governance Forum, Internet Engineering Task Force, and the Messaging Anti Abuse Working Group.

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September 26, 2016

Exploring Cybersecurity Topics on a Whirlwind Tour of Eastern Europe

https://www.icann.org/news/blog/exploring-cybersecurity-topics-on-a-whir...

 ". . . I plan to take advantage of the opportunity to network with first responders, law enforcement and cybercrime forensic professionals from Europe and Eastern Europe. APWG and similar conferences (e.g., Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti–Abuse Working Group – M3AAWG) are venues where the IS SSR team is most successful in building trust relationships and promoting participation in ICANN's multistakeholder community."

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